I. The WALK OF A NATURAL MAN described. He works the will of the Gentiles, and lives in sin. It is not certain w'hether St. Peter wrote this epistle to the Jews only, or to Gentiles also; nor is it of consequence to us, for there is no great difference between a carnal Jew, a carnal Gentile, or a carnal Christian. All unconverted people live not according to the will of God. The will of God is the proper rule of our actions ; but who inquires after this ? who says with con-verted Saul, " Lord, what wilt thou have me to do ?" No natural man says so; only those who, like Saul, "are con-verted to God." And here is the grand difference between real Christians and all other people. The latter walk accord-ing to the flesh; the former according to the Spirit; for as Paul largely shows in the Sth chapter to the Romans, " They that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh ; but they that are after the Spirit, the things of the Spirit." And what are all the thoughts, w^ords, desires, pursuits, and de-lights of carnal men about, but something of a fleshly kind : they have no knowledge of, no care for, no delight in any thing that is spiritual or heavenly, nor can they, while in that state ; for as our Lord says, " That which is born of the flesh is flesh ; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit." John 3 : 6. Till a man is born again, he works the will of the Gentiles — he walks according to the flesh. The Lord in his mercy discover to those who are in this state the danger of it, and deliver them out of it by his changing grace !